Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Media Literacy Lab “Kinderzimmer Productions”

The second edition of the Media Literacy Lab (MLab) of University of Mainz in Germany took place in February and March. This time the open online course "Kinderzimmer Productions" ( focused on digital creativity and (online) productions by children and teenagers. It is all about what young people make in the digital world: What do they build, produce, create or design? What kind of tools and services do they use when they produce videos, music clips, pictures or drawings and to express themselves? Hackasaurus, Scratch, Minecraft, MakeyMakey or 3D printing are only some of the tools which were tested and discussed. More than 200 participants joined the open and free of charge online course, among them students, scholars, media educators, providers of online content, services and apps, industry and parents. 

The participants were able to work within three different sections: collector space, maker space and reflector space. Each space had a different focal subject: The collector space aimed at collecting and systematising tools and services to get creative as well as examples and descriptions of how to use them. People got to test and use popular and upcoming tools and services within the maker space. The reflector space invited to discuss and evaluate tools, services and productions especially regarding their impact on creative possibilities in an educational context. Working groups were formed according to individual interest and wish or possibility for involvement (see list of all groups and the course community

The Makergallery was developed as an online gallery showing all exhibitions and results of the course. All three spaces are present in three different levels: the gallery of tools and services (collector space), the gallery of examples (maker space) and the gallery of reflections with presentations, brainstorming results as well as discussions with experts.
The video talks with experts from all over the world within the section #mlabtalk are especially fascinating for an international audience (see youtube playlist, some of them were held in English.

#mlabtalk on MaKey MaKey (
Eric Rosenbaum (@ericrosenbizzle, and Jay Silver  (@wakeupsilver, from Massachusetts talked to the MLab team about MaKey MaKey and other of their inventions. The video offers a glimpse of their breathtaking creativity that striving to change the world for a better: 

#mlabtalk on LA Makerspace ( 
What does a kid friendly hackerspace in LA look like? Tara Tiger Brown (@tara,, co-founder of LA Makerspace speaks about eTextiles, DIY LED Laterns and how makers and tinkerers come together in a community space to create and collaborate: 

#mlabtalk Digital Makers - Digital Literacy. A talk with Julian-Sefton Green ( Dr. Julian Sefton-Green is an independent scholar, Principal Research Fellow at the Department of Media & Communication, LSE, and research associate at the University of Oslo. He is also Honorary Professor of Education at the University of Nottingham, UK and at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. Julian Sefton-Green talks about maker education and comments on media education in the 1980s to digital making in the 2020s. He maps the current digital makers’ landscape and explains why digital literacy is important and what digital literacies young people need:

#mlabtalk The Digital Producers of Tomorrow - A talk with Øystein Gilje
Øystein Gilje, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Education at the University of Oslo, Norway, talks about digital production practices among young people. What's the point of producing, making, tinkering and editing online? He talks about digital literacy, schools and learning and why a digital remixing youth is basic for society:

About Media Literacy Lab 
The Media Literacy Lab is a pro-open project which takes the learner and the learner’s group into consideration, while at the same time it tends to put lower priority on instructional aspects for conveying subject matters. The organizing team is attempting a didactic media approach in dealing with digital options for peer-to-peer learning, interest-driven learning, collaboration, problem-oriented learning, and the consideration of the different approaches and paths to learning. For more information see and
Twitter: @_MLAB (

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